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How do fans work?

Although fans do not reduce the air temperature, they create a more comfortable environment and can reduce the need to use other types of cooling.

Types of fans

Ceiling fans

Ceiling fans can be used in conjunction with an air conditioner to make your home more comfortable by circulating the air around the room. When buying a ceiling fan look for variable speed and reverse function features. The reverse function allows the blades to turn in the opposite direction: useful in winter to push hot air up towards the ceiling and back down around the edges of the room to mix with cooler lower-level air. This can be particularly effective if you have high or cathedral ceilings.

Wall mounted and portable electric fans

These are widely available and offer an inexpensive way to stay comfortable without requiring complicated installation.

Running costs

Ceiling or wall-mounted fans and portable electric fans can cost less than two cents per hour to run. Ceiling fans can be used in conjunction with an air conditioner to reduce your cooling running costs.

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